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WMC Foundation State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon

October 9, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

| $125

Online registration is now closed for this event. You can still sign up at the event on Tuesday by stopping by the registration table and purchasing your seat. Thank you!

House Speaker Paul Ryan delivering the keynote address at the 2017 State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon.

This year’s State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon will feature a discussion panel comparing the policy decisions in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota and the impact they have on each state’s economy. Additionally, attendees will hear from international site selector Brian Smith, Partner at EY and a highly-anticipated keynote address from Gov. Scott Walker (invited).


walker-headshot Gov. Scott Walker (invited)
Scott Walker is the 45th Governor of the State of Wisconsin, currently serving in his second term. During the last seven years as governor, Walker has signed into law sweeping policy changes including tort reform, billions of dollars in tax cuts, right-to-work and Act 10 – which dramatically reformed Wisconsin public sector collective bargaining laws. Under Walker’s leadership, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at historic lows, and the percentage of people working is one of the highest in the nation. He also became the first governor is history to survive a recall in 2012. Prior to serving as governor, Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and served in the State Assembly before that. Walker is currently running for a third term as governor.
Noah Williams UW Madison Headshot Noah Williams, Director, Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Noah Williams is the founding Director of the Center for Research On the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE) and Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics at UW-Madison, where has been a member of the faculty since 2008. A native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, he was previously on the faculty at Princeton University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, particularly monetary policy, social insurance programs, and financial markets. He earned his PhD and BA from the University of Chicago, he is a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a member of the Economic Advisors Roundtable organized by WMC and WEDC.
Orphe Divounguy Illinois Policy Headshot Orphe Divounguy, Chief Economist, Illinois Policy Institute
Dr. Orphe Divounguy is the chief economist at the Illinois Policy Institute. In this role, he produces original quantitative research analyzing the impact of various policies on the lives of the people of Illinois. Divounguy earned a Ph.D. from England’s University of Southampton. He also worked as an international economic consultant. His research focused on tax policy, labor policy, migration policy and economic development. Before his time in higher education, Divounguy interned at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York, and Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
John Phelan American Experiment Headshot John Phelan, Economist, Center of the American Experiment
John Phelan is an economist at the Center of the American Experiment in Minnesota. He is a graduate of Birkbeck College, University of London, where he earned a BSc in Economics, and of the London School of Economics where he earned an MSc. He worked in finance for ten years before becoming a professional economist. He worked at Capital Economics in London, where he wrote reports ranging from the impact of Brexit on the British economy to the effect of government regulation on cell phone coverage. John has written for City AM in London and for the Wall Street Journal in both Europe and the U.S. He has also been published in the journal Economic Affairs.
Bauer_Kurt-Seated Kurt R. Bauer, President & CEO, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Kurt R. Bauer became just the fifth head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) in 2011. Prior to joining WMC, Bauer spent 18 years working for financial industry trade groups, including serving as CEO for both the Wisconsin and Arizona Bankers Associations. Bauer is the current Vice Chair of the Council of State Manufacturers Associations and is also a member of the National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors, Council of State Chambers of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business, and Labor.


10:30 am Registration
11:00 am Welcome and State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Address — Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO
11:15 am Illinois, Minnesota & Wisconsin — The Great Economic Debate
Noah Williams, Director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy at UW-Madison
John Phelan, Economist at the Center of the American Experiment
Orphe Divounguy, Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute
11:45 am Keynote Address – Gov. Scott Walker (invited)
12:15 pm Lunch
12:40 pm Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest Winner Revealed — Presented by Johnson Financial Group
1:00 pm Why Wisconsin…From an International Site Selector — Brian Smith, EY Partner
1:30 pm Adjourn







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Regular Price: $125 per person; $1,000 per table


Special thanks to our 2018 WMC Foundation Sponsors for their commitment to our events and programs throughout the year!

Alliant Energy • Ariens Company • The Boldt Company • Brakebush • Briggs & Stratton • Delta Dental of Wisconsin • Grant Thornton • John Deere Horicon Works • Kikkoman • Kwik Trip •  M3 Insurance • Michael Best • Packaging Corporation of America • Prent Corporation • Stoughton Trailers • Teel Plastics • Waupaca Foundry • Wegner CPAs • WMC Insurance • Wisconsin Safety Council



For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Wade Goodsell.  For program or registration information, contact Susan Nyffenegger.

Phone:  608.258.3400


October 9, 2018
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Event Category:


WMC Foundation


Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703 United States